Week 23 Day 1
Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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Philippians 1: 9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.
Love may find its most healthy and abundant growth within a person through the act of praying for others. In my Church tradition intercessory prayer has become, sadly, virtually non-existent in public meetings. I believe that churches grow and find clear and cohesive awareness of purpose and mission the more that each individual within that church is able and willing to give voice to the prayers of their hearts.
Charles G. Finney writing in his Lectures on Revival reminds the church that prayer must always precede revival and that revival is necessary to stimulate and awaken the church because we cannot live in a constant state of spiritual wakefulness. Isaiah 40: 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
Paul “prayed continually. Perhaps the practice of prayer must be purposefully undertaken in order for our churches to become a greater reflection of the “Body of Christ.”.